Project and Research Assistant, Governance Studies

The Brookings Institution

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    The Brookings Institution
    Feb 25, 2020

The Brookings Institution

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Project and Research Assistant, Governance Studies (Job ID: 2020-2307)


Job ID: 2020-2307
Type: Regular, Introductory
# of Openings: 1
Category: Research


Join one of the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks!

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.


We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.


With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.


The Governance Studies program at Brookings is dedicated to analyzing policy issues, political institutions and processes, and contemporary governance challenges. Our scholarship identifies areas in need of reform and proposes specific solutions with the goals of: improving the performance of the national government; informing debate; and providing policymakers with expert analysis and ideas to ensure better institutional governance.



Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


This is an entry level position that provides direct research, writing, editing, and administrative support to E.J. Dionne, Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies program (Senior Fellow). The Project and Research Assistant serves as the chief point of contact for Senior Fellow to both internal and external parties on matters related to his work and coordinates special events and Friday Lunch series on his behalf, with minimal supervision


Preferred start date is Mid April, 2020.


Administration (40%)

  • Helps define and implement Senior Fellow’s priorities and objectives; Tracks pending matters for action and follow up.
  • Manages Senior Fellow’s email and mail; responds to correspondence as instructed.
  • Manages schedule, makes all travel arrangements and coordinates appointments, largely in his absence.
  • Coordinates all media calls, interviews, and speaking requests for Senior Fellow.
  • Prepares annual activity report for submission to the Director of Governance Studies.
  • Supervises intern(s).


Research and Writing (30%)

  • Fact-checks and copy-edits all Senior Fellow’s publications; collaborates with co-editors, contributing authors, the Brookings Press, and Marketing, as necessary.
  • Provides editing support for writing projects, including twice-weekly Washington Post column, journal publications, speeches and lectures, and conference papers.
  • Identifies and gathers appropriate primary and secondary source information for writing projects, including twice-weekly Washington Post column, journal publications, speeches, lectures, and conference papers.
  • Arranges interviews with members of Congress, policy experts, academics, and other prominent figures.
  • Provides support for funding efforts including drafting grant proposals, coordinating with partnering institutions when necessary.
  • Responsible for the strategic development and implementation of collaborations and convenings, including providing background research.
  • Develops strategy for research direction. Identifies major media trends and investigates originating source(s); monitors major publications and authors.

Project/Event Coordination and Outreach (30%)

  • Tracks and coordinates multiple workstreams including research production, fundraising, media engagements, book publication, column writing, and teaching.
  • Collaborates with and assists Senior Fellow as needed on special projects; provides substantive information and responses about projects.
  • Provides assistance to GS communications team in booking speakers, drafting announcements, and coordinating logistics and publicity efforts for GS events and other Senior Fellow commitments.
  • Coordinates all logistics for monthly Friday Lunch series; collaborates with Senior Fellow to identify topics and speakers; maintains list of invitees and contacts outside guests (including Members of Congress, political appointees, and other high-level individuals), and media to participate; handles Brookings-wide announcements and reservations.
  • Serves as liaison with Georgetown University and Harvard University for events, lectures, appointments; communicates with students as needed; updates and maintains course syllabi as requested, coordinates readings and manages Canvas page for courses at both universities


Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:


Education/Experience Requirements:


Required: Bachelor’s degree; minimum of one year of relevant work experience in event planning or an administrative function; experience with writing and/or editing. Preferred: Research experience

Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Required: Demonstrated strong interpersonal and organizational skills; excellent writing and editing skills; ability to work quickly and effectively to communicate complex information; ability to work independently and prioritize both one’s own work and the work of others, among multiple competing tasks; patience; ability to communicate (both written and verbal) in a professional and appropriate manner with individuals at all levels, including high level government officials. Preferred: Special interest in politics, public opinion polling, religion, and civic values; strong grasp of American politics and public policy.


Additional Information:


What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.


Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.


Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.


Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.




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